Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

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By (author) James Collins, By (author) Jerry Porras

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  • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE BUSINESS BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 239mm x 36mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1844135845
  • ISBN 13: 9781844135844
  • Illustrations note: charts, diagrams
  • Sales rank: 33,765

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This is not a book about charismatic visionary leaders. It is not about visionary product concepts or visionary products or visionary market insights. Nor is it about just having a corporate vision. This is a book about something far more important, enduring, and substantial. This is a book about visionary companies.' Drawing upon a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, Collins and Porras took eighteen truly exceptional and long-lasting companies and studied each company in direct comparison to one of its top competitors. They examined the companies from their very beginnings to the present day - as start-ups, as midsize companies and as large corporations. Throughout, the authors asked: 'What makes the truly exceptional companies different from other companies?' Filled with hundreds of specific examples and organized into a coherent framework of practical concepts that can be applied by managers and entrepreneurs at all levels, Built to Last provides a master blueprint for building organizations that will prosper long into the twenty-first century and beyond.

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Jim Collins is author or co-author of six books that have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, including the bestsellers Good to Great, Built to Last, and How the Mighty Fall. Jim began his research and teaching career on the faculty at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992. He now operates a management laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, where he conducts research, teaches, and consults with executives from the corporate and social sectors. More about Jim and his works can be found at his e-teaching site, where he has assembled articles, audio clips, a recommended reading list, discussion guide, tools, and other information. The site is designed to be a place for students to study and learn: www.jimcollins.com.

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"* 'One of the most eye-opening business studies since In Search of Excellence.' - Kevin Maney, USA Today * 'Built to Last is an unusual business book - seriously researched, unconventional in its conclusions...[It] is well worth reading, particularly by those engaged in trying to reinvigorate our nation's largest enterprises.' - Richard J. Tofel, Wall Street Journal * 'In Built to Last, Collins and Porras present a brilliant and lucid analysis and, yes, a blueprint for organizational excellence. It should be required reading.' - Warren Bennis"